Thank you.

Dear… everyone, I guess.

This is too big of a post to put on Facebook. But I wanted to make a post thanking everyone for your very, very lovely birthday messages. I’m not sure if that’s due to the fact the number of Facebook friends I have grew, or if that’s due to the fact that the number of real life, close, actual friends I have grew–but I appreciated every single one of these messages and this is the most birthday wishes that I’ve ever gotten in my life.

So here we go, a giant thank you to everyone who made me feel loved. :) (more…)

Dear Class of 2016

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Last year, on December 12th, 2014, I opened my EA decision letter from Harvard.

Just yesterday, I realized (while procrastinating for exams) that December 10th is the day a handful of Ivies (Cornell, Harvard, Columbia, and Brown) release their early action/early decision results. Not unlike me just a year ago, I see the Class of 2016 fidgeting on the applicant groups on Facebook, weighing their chances and praying to the admission gods for a miracle.

Maybe you got the decision you wanted… or maybe you didn’t.

But, whatever it was, I want to tell you: “that’s ok.” (more…)

I’m Thankful For…

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is my first year (since coming to America) spending Thanksgiving by myself. My family and I have never put much emphasis on Thanksgiving, but still, homesickness hits hard at a time when all you see on your Facebook feed are picturesque portraits of beautiful families, reunited. It’s harder, too, when you haven’t seen a single soul in your dorm since Thanksgiving break started… (though I have to admit, the silence on campus is quite nice!)

However, there are still many things to be thankful for! For example, I get to do laundry without having to wait since there’s nobody here… and I can literally use ANY shower on my floor. Heck, I can take multiple showers! What luxury!

In all seriousness, though–while I try to be grateful for every single day, it’s hard sometimes, because we all get caught up in the ups and downs of life. Thanksgiving is a time for us all to reflect upon what we are thankful for. So this year, I am extremely thankful for Cornell.

College experiences vary from person to person, from college to college. There are some days when I question myself and my decision for coming here. Actually, I question it all the time. But at the end of the day, I know Cornell is for me. Cornell is the best thing that has happened to me so far. It’s pushed me, it’s challenged me, but it has also helped me mature, to grow, and live up to the best I can be. So here, I’m going to just break that down:

I am thankful for people.

Perhaps one thing that I am MOST thankful for is my friends here at Cornell. I am thankful for people. At the end of the day, I think it’s the people we meet and the connections that we create that define our lives, and I’m grateful to have had so many meaningful connections here at Cornell. It’s still unbelievable to me that I’ve found my peeps in a couple short months here on campus. Truth is, it’s sort of hard being 18 and being a thousand miles away from family for the first time–but my friends make my days here so much better, and sometimes even without realizing it.

I am thankful for opportunities.

I think going to an Ivy League institution is something that a lot of people could only dream of. And I’m living it (somehow)! Sometimes I still wake up and have to remind myself that I’m here. And that all sounds really cliched, but it’s true! I’m thankful for the fact that I get to receive a world-class education and to have the opportunity to become more educated and knowledgeable.

I am thankful for ups and downs.

My life is not perfect, but I am still thankful for whatever life throws at me, because it challenges me. Especially at Cornell. I can honestly say that it’s not always “smooth sailing” here–there are plenty of bumps in the road. I face set backs, I feel discouraged. I feel incapable, unintelligent, and downright inadequate. But that’s exactly it–those are the feelings that inspires me to get up when I’ve fallen down, and smile, even when nothing seems to be falling into place. I’ve started to grow up. I am thankful that Cornell pushes me, forces me to be and do the best I can and go beyond.

I am thankful for life.

Every single day is a blessing. Sometimes it honestly may not seem like it, but I am thankful for being here. I am thankful for being able to experience life, and not just at Cornell, of course. It’s a really scary, beautiful, but also fantastic thing. It’s hard to be very thankful every single day, and it’s hard to be 100% positive every single day. But, today, I’m putting everything aside–I’m just going to be perfectly content with what I have, and what’s in front of me.

 

Influenster Vox Box Review | July 2015

Hi Everyone! Something different today. Recently I’ve been selected by Influenster to review a variety of products via their Vox Box program. While I received these products complementary for testing purposes, all opinions are my own.

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I’m very excited to get the chance to try these products out, so here’s what I’ve found:

Influsium 23 Moisture Replenisher

 

influenster vox box infusium 23Never thought I’d get a chance to use a leave-in conditioner, but hey, I got to, and quite liked it! I have to say that the smell of this is a bit… odd. At first, that is. I got used to it rather quickly and I ended up really liking the smell. This moisture replenisher is really easy to apply and stays in your hair pretty much all day. I’m not sure how well this actually “repairs my hair” as my hair doesn’t need a whole ton of repairing, but it’s awesome to use and doesn’t make my hair feel greasy or anything. A win for me!

Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Cleansing Cloths

The smell for this product is TERRIBLE. (I don’t know, I just love smelling things before I try them…) dickinson's original witch hazelBut as a makeup remover wipe, it’s definitely a win. One wipe over my face pretty much gets rid of all the makeup I have on (though I don’t put on that much). This is definitely one product I’d keep using again and again.

 

 

Blue Diamond Sriracha Almonds

IMG_0635Believe it or not, this is actually quite a healthy snack. With only 2 grams of sugar, you can totally justify eating this (for you health nuts!!). This is not really what I would buy on a normal basis… for one, I hateeee almonds–but this changed my mind about almonds haha. The Sriracha definitely elevated the taste of the almonds for me. I shared this little bag of almonds with my family and we finished it within 10 minutes. We may be kind of obsessed, yeah.

Definitely get this if you’re a spicy foods kind of person. It makes almonds–dare I say–taste good.

BarkTHINS

my fave. I don’t have my own product picture yet as I haven’t redeemed my coupon… but THIS! IS! GREAT!

OH MY GOSH INSTANT LOVE. This product actually didn’t come inside my box since it is chocolatey and it’s HOT these days, but I did get a coupon for a free bag of this stuff. I tried this for the first time earlier this year, and it’s AMAZING. It’s basically chocolate slices with pieces of nuts or pumpkin seeds in them (I chose the pumpkin seeds one and I LOVED IT). The only downside about this product is that it is a tad pricey. Otherwise, I would totally buy it all the time.

 

 

 

 

SinfulColors Nail Polish in Real Teal

IMG_0626My sister described this color as a “puke turquoise” and I kind of have to say I agree. This is far, far from my favorite color and though it DID grow on me after looking at it for a while, I also removed it after just half a day cause it looked awful (I will post a picture for you to judge yourself). Moreover, it was a waste of my time to put on… it was so sheer that it took 4 coats to make it opaque, and that took a while, obviously. I’m sure it’s good for something though (ombre nails…? I don’t know), but the color is just.. nuh uh. I would probably not buy this. Ever. Thankfully, though, this is the only SUPER disappointing product in this box.

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Vaseline Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer

IMG_0627Last but not least, I got this awesome spray moisturizer. I’m actually not quite sure how to apply this on my face, since spraying it on my hands and then applying makes it a tad too greasy for me… but I LOVED spraying this on my legs and arms. It smells amazing, applies smoothly, and feels great. I love how it’s a spray moisturizer because you can get a pretty light coat. You don’t even really have to rub it in (though I do anyways just for even coverage). This is definitely a win for me, and I will be using this on a regular basis and probably purchasing more when I run out.


Alright, that’s it! What interesting things have you guys tried this summer?

Disclaimer… one more time! I received these products free for testing/reviewing purposes. However, all opinions are my own!